Evgeni Malkin to Los Angeles Kings Is Serious Trade Rumor

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IJune 19, 2008

Pull up a chair and listen tight, the biggest news in the hockey world today is upcoming in this article.

It's been well known that the Penguins may have been shopping Evgeni Malkin or that he would return to Russia. Then recently, it was made known that Malkin was perfectly happy in Pittsburgh. Think again!

This morning, Penguins General Manager Ray Shero made a trade offer to the Los Angeles Kings. The offer details are listed below, from the Sun Media:

The Penguins are trying to make a blockbuster move before tomorrow night's NHL draft at Scotiabank Place. League sources say Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero offered all-star centre Evgeni Malkin to the Kings for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and a player, possibly centre Mike Cammalleri.

While many NHL executives refused to believe the Penguins would trade the 21-year-old Malkin because he has one year left on his entry-level contract at a bargain $984,000 (all terms US), the indications are that Shero wants to sign winger Marian Hossa before he becomes an unrestricted free agent -- a deal that could cost Pittsburgh upward of $8 million a year. If the Penguins retained Hossa, signing Malkin next year could be dicey because of salary cap considerations. Kings GM Dean Lombardi told Sun Media yesterday that he's had two solid offers for the No. 2 pick, but after meeting with his ownership group decided to stay the course by building with young players.

This is certainly news that can't be topped, atleast for today. This is not just a wishful thinking rumor, but a solid, well backed one. Only time will tell if it holds any water...